Source: Wall Street Journal
JAKARTA, Indonesia—Indonesia banned the militant group behind Islamic State’s first attack in Southeast Asia and suicide bombings involving children, a move that foreshadows the arrests of hundreds of the group’s members in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
The decision by a Jakarta court Tuesday to outlaw Jemaah Ansharut Daulah follows a crackdown on the group, which police say was responsible for a gun-and-bombs assault at a Starbucks in the capital that left four bystanders dead, along with four attackers, in early 2016.
Members of JAD also carried out suicide bombings at churches and a police post in the country’s second-largest city, Surabaya, which involved the use of children and left more than a dozen dead. Those attacks in May led lawmakers to grant police greater powers to arrest suspects and detain them for longer periods.